Lionel Richie has cancelled his rescheduled UK and European summer tour over Covid-19 concerns, including his slots at Isle of Wight Festival, Eden Sessions and Cambridge Club Festival in June.

As part of his Hello! Hits tour the singer was also due to perform at venues such as Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment, Cardiff Castle, Dublin’s St Annes Park and Hampton Court Palace.

Richie had been set to perform at the 2020 edition of Isle of Wight Festival before it was cancelled due to Covid-19 and he was then unable to perform at last year’s edition.

Richie said on Twitter, “As Covid and its variants continue to impact the world, I have decided to hold off on my European tour this summer. The most important thing to me is the health of my fans, band and crew. I hope you all understand and I hope to see you very soon when we can all gather safely.”